A Whole New World, A Whole New Light

So… I cried during the new release of Disney’s live-action Aladdin remake. This did not come as much of a surprise to my kids (and truthfully, not much to me, either). We’ve all rather come to expect this type of behavior from me as par for the course. There‚Äôs not a sports ceremony, dance recital, […]

Field(Day) Of Dreams

  Who remembers Field Day?! I always looked forward to this day in elementary school as one of the highlights (if not the single best day) of the entire school year. An entire day of limited (or none at all!) formal instruction that was instead filled with games, prizes, picnic lunches, Popsicles, music, the works. […]

A Trio of Tradition

A few days ago I shared a trip down memory lane of our gingerbread houses over the years, only to just now realize that I haven’t added any updates for the past three years. *Shrugs* What can I say? Children zap brain cells and memory space, and that’s a fact. But, to state my same […]

Homework Kills Trees

I can’t begin to tell you just how happy I am that Thanksgiving week is finally here! Not because there is eggnog and sweet potato pie to be had (although yesss to that, too!) But even more exciting than that, what I’m over the moon about is having several sweet days over which my household […]

The End of The Road

  Just a few short weeks ago, my sweet little baby boy turned two years old. And within that same week, said sweet little baby boy slept the entire night through and stirred not a single, solitary time. When the morning broke, he fully awakened and made no move to nurse. Overnight, he had weaned. […]

Mini Mean Girls

I wasn’t expecting this to be happening already ūüėě Last night my Baby Girl came home from gymnastics team practice visibly upset and on the verge of tears because two girls have been continually bothering her and yesterday it came to a head. L is one of the youngest on the team, so these girls […]

Judging a Book On its Cover…And A Few Pages Inside, As Well

  The Babies and I recently finished Judy Blume’s Superfudge, and they loved it. I found little Farley Drexel Hatcher to be just as funny now as he was when I was a kid, and the book overall to be even more identifiable now that I have experienced raising my own little 5-year old boy […]

Our First Night Apart

This pic of us tonight could possibly be the last of us breastfeeding. In just a few hours I will be boarding a plane and leaving you for the next few days. I should be asleep right now, but sleep won’t come. My nerves are bad and I am feeling extremely anxious. Not so much […]

Love You Forever

I’ll Love You Forever I’ll Like You For Always As Long As I’m Living My Baby You’ll Be ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† -Robert Munsch October 18, 2015       October 19, 2015       October 19, 2016   Love you forever, my Sweet Boy ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –Mommy xoxoxo  

On Normalizing Breastfeeding

While reflecting on the subject of breastfeeding, I found myself flummoxed over why is it that this can be a such a polarizing issue? Is controversy over breastfeeding really a thing?¬†I don’t get it. When it comes to breastfeeding vs formula and breastfeeding in public, what exactly is there to argue over? Breastfeeding vs Formula […]

“It All Turned Out Fine”

You’ve been excited about Kindergarten since the day of your preschool graduation, asking only moments after the ceremony conclusion if it was time to drive to your new school. And you¬†continued to ask repeatedly since then, every afternoon when I picked you up from summer camp, if this was your last day coming here. Finally […]

It Could Have Been Me

Weeks later, I am still thinking of the recent incidents of the little boy entering the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and of the fatal alligator attack of the toddler vacationing in Florida. I am absolutely heartbroken for the parents that have lost their child. I am saddened that a rare animal was killed. […]

To My Baby Boy/Big Boy On His 5th Birthday

Dear Mattykinz, It seems ridiculous to think of it now but when I first learned you were going to be a boy, I was filled with worry and apprehension. I’m not really into cars, dirt, sports, bugs, or pretty much anything that is typically associated with raising a boy. And even though I know those […]

When a 72 Year-Old Woman Gives Birth

As reported in the news a few days ago, doctors have raised¬†ethical and health concerns after a 72 year-old woman recently gave birth to her first child following two years of IVF treatment. I understand the initial ethical question over whether or not IVF should be performed on a woman of advanced age and the […]

Bringing Home Baby

In my last post, I wrote about deliveries not going as planned, only to turn around and have¬†just such an experience ending in a cesarean section. I had imagined that during my last week of pregnancy I would be on cloud nine and super excited over my impending arrival. As it turned out, I spent […]

Common Core = Common Sense?

Several days ago, a parent posted a photo of a check he¬†had made out to his child’s school with symbols instead of written numbers. His apparent objective was to show his frustration over how ridiculous he feels the Common Core math standards are, and his post worked, renewing yet again a heated online debate over […]

Pregnancy Progression

It’s been a tough two months. With my two previous gestations, I experienced varying levels of sciatic nerve pain and pelvic girdle pain. It wasn’t fun by any means but I got through it. This time around, it progressed into full-blown symphysis pubis dysfunction, something I’d never heard of until now and that I won’t […]

On Your First Day of Kindergarten…

It’s not as if I’m not used to you going off every day; you’ve been in daycare/preschool since you were just a few months old. You leave home for days at a time to stay with Grandma without a second look back. Clearly, there have been no¬†separation anxiety or attachment issues going on here. But […]

Catching (Up With) the Gingerbread Man

It started the year I left for college, when I was homesick and missing my family, particularly The Babies: my oldest niece and nephew who were 4 and 5 at the time and my youngest nephew, only 6 months old when I moved away and whom I felt I had barely gotten to know yet. […]